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Submission + - Pieces Coming Together for NASA's New Spacecraft (spacefellowship.com)

Matt_dk writes: "NASA is using powerful computers and software programs to design the rocket that will carry crew and cargo to space after the space shuttle retires. But those computers will have their work checked the old-fashioned way with the first of several uncrewed demonstration launches beginning in 2009. Ares I-X, the first Ares I test rocket, will lift off from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. in the summer of 2009. It will climb about 25 miles in a two-minute powered test of Ares I first stage performance and its first stage separation and parachute recovery system."
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Pieces Coming Together for NASA's New Spacecraft

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One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.